Archive for Pocket Park Scheme (NCC)

Bats & clean ups

41 people of all ages attended our Bat Walk with Juliette Butler from the Wildlife Trust, on a perfect warm and calm evening. Juliette introduced all the different types of bat we were likely to hear and see and handed out 6 Bat Detectors for us to use. We headed off towards the marsh picking up the sound of an early Pipistrelle and a Noctule bat flying high over the trees. Gradually other bats emerged and we headed back to the pond to watch the Daubentons bats skimming over the water which was bouncing with insects. One of our regulars, who shall be nameless, fell asleep, and didn’t make it to the Bat Walk, but in the middle of the night had a little bat visitor in the bedroom. It seems that bats don’t like to be ignored!

For our next Work Party this Saturday 7th September, 10am-12 Midday, we’ll be working by the pond, having a general tidy up.

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Bat walk this Saturday

This Saturday 3rd August we will be having a Family Bat Walk in the evening, starting at 8.30pm by the pond, led by Juliette Butler from The Wildlife Trust. She will be providing six Bat Detectors for our use. We look forward to seeing you there.

Poster for Bat Walk 3rd Aug 19-page-001

Six attended our last Work party at the top of the park on a sultry morning. Neil strimmed the weeds alongside the path and then met up with David to erect the second Owl Box donated by Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband, in the Conservation Area opposite Bentley Close. Matt, Jackie and Anne cleared the weeds from the path and Matt trimmed the overhanging branches. We then had a general litter pick of the area.


P.S. Please be aware of small hedgehogs out and about during the day and ensure they are left alone to do their own thing.

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Lick of paint, maintaining the Pocket Park

Some of our regulars were otherwise occupied, but we had a busy morning at the June Work Party, starting with litter picking in Cransley Walk where we found more bulky items than expected while David painted the Conservation Signs and the NCC Pocket Park sign by the pond and Keith and Judith had another session with the flame weeder, clearing the weeds from the path. Anne managed to remove some of the graffiti from the notice board and the information sign by the underpass. We were very pleased at the last Residents Meeting to be presented with an Owl nesting box for the park from Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband.

For our next Work Party tomorrow we’ll be working at the top of the Park near the newly resurfaced path near Bridleways from 10-12 midday on Saturday 13th July, doing the usual jobs of trimming bushes and weeds and litter picking. Any information about graffiti culprits would be much appreciated, so we can pass it on to the police.

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Join us for our next work party in the Pocket Park

We managed to grab a sunny spot between the showers for our May Pond Work Party. Seven attended and Neil and Richard trimmed overhanging branches along the path while David and Robert cut back the bushes behind the pond. Jackie tried out the new flame weeder along the path and Judith and Anne weeded around the noticeboard and seats and topped up with wood chips. As the signs were too wet to paint on the day, we left David with some Cuprinol to do the job in his own time. Judith helped me to plant the snowdrops opposite the pond which were promptly mown off by the Northampton Borough Council contractors, but as they were already dying back they should grow again next year. The next Work Party will be on Saturday 1st June from 10-12.00 mid-day when we will be litter picking and weeding the path by the marsh. We may also need to tackle some graffiti on one of the signs. We will leave the bigger job on the underpass to the councils contractors!

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Pocket Park group AGM

We’re back after our winter break… We warmly invite you to our AGM on Saturday 2nd February at 22 Allard Close between 2-4pm. Any new volunteers are particularly welcome, as well as old of course! Any ideas for future events, projects and work parties are welcome. Let me know if you have any items you would like to add to the agenda. Ann the Pocket Park coordinator saw a Kite flying quite low near the park calling to its mate. Lovely to see.

The blogger apologies for the lack of postings after the summer posting. We hope to do a better job this year 🙂


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Mini beasts in the Pocket Park & more

This year our family event on Saturday 4th August 2-4pm will be another Mini Beast Safari led by Angie, an Education Ranger from Brixworth Country Park. Come and join us as we search for little beasties and learn all about them. Hopefully the weather will be just right! How good it is to have some refreshing rain at last.

Seven intrepid volunteers including two children ventured out for our hottest ever Work Party on Saturday afternoon. We began by litter picking down Cransley Walk & then Judith, Bruno, Sam & Jackie continued working down towards the pond, while Neil collected bulky items in the wheelbarrow. Keith & Anne cleared the grass & weeds from a shady area of the path, encouraged by Joanna, our photographer.

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Rectory Farm Pocket Park survey

Last year through grant funding we improved access and carried out remedial path repairs in parts of Rectory Farm Pocket Park. We would love to have your feedback.

Please complete this short survey by  clicking on this link Rectory Farm Ramble Revisited – The survey will close at 7pm next Saturday 28th April.

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